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It’s here. After almost nine months, college football is finally here.

(OK, if you’re a USF fan, it’s been here for a week already. Just go with us.)

The first weekend of the season is sort of like when Willy Wonka turns everyone loose in the Chocolate Room. So much to see, so much to eat, and it’s all fantastic. Even Kent State vs. Clemson.

Here’s the full TV schedule for today, followed by what we’ll have our eyes on.

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Akron at Penn State 11:00 AM ABC
Ball State at Illinois 11:00 AM BTN
Bowling Green at Michigan State 11:00 AM ESPNU
Kent State at Clemson 11:00 AM ESPN
Maryland at Texas 11:00 AM Fox Sports 1
Missouri State at Missouri 11:00 AM SEC Network
Wyoming at Iowa 11:00 AM BTN 
California at North Carolina 11:20 AM ACC Network
Bethune Cookman at Miami 11:30 AM FSN Affiliates
Portland State at Oregon State 1:00 PM PAC-12 Network / PAC-12 Video
NC State vs. South Carolina (Charlotte) 2:00 PM ESPN
Florida vs. Michigan (Arlington) 2:30 PM ABC
Nevada at Northwestern 2:30 PM BTN 
Temple at Notre Dame 2:30 PM NBC
UTEP at Oklahoma 2:30 PM FOX
Troy at Boise State 2:45 PM ESPNU
Charleston Southern at Mississippi State 3:00 PM SEC Network
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech 3:00 PM FSN Affiliates
Kentucky at Southern Miss 3:00 PM CBS Sports Network
Western Michigan at USC 4:15 PM PAC-12 Network 
Appalachian State at Georgia 5:15 PM ESPN / WatchESPN
Central Arkansas at Kansas State 6:00 PM ESPN3
Liberty at Baylor 6:00 PM Fox Sports 2
SEMO at Kansas 6:00 PM ESPN3
Butler at Illinois State 6:30 PM ESPN3
Georgia Southern at Auburn 6:30 PM SEC Network
Louisville vs. Purdue (Indianapolis) 6:30 PM FOX
South Alabama at Ole Miss 6:30 PM ESPNU / WatchESPN
Alabama vs. Florida State (Atlanta) 7:00 PM ABC
Arkansas State at Nebraska 7:00 PM BTN
Jackson State at TCU 7:00 PM FSN Affiliates
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee 7:00 PM CBS Sports Network
Southern Utah at Oregon 7:15 PM PAC-12 Network 
BYU vs. LSU (New Orleans) 8:30 PM ESPN
Montana State at Washington State 9:30 PM Fox Sports 1
Northern Arizona at Arizona 10:00 PM PAC-12 Network

Let’s see here:

12:00 p.m.: Maryland vs. Texas could be interesting, as might be California-UNC. Also Iowa is totally losing to Wyoming!

3:30/4:00 p.m.: USF plays Stony Brook at 4, but when that game gets out of hand/is inevitably delayed by lightning, you can turn on the big Michigan-Florida game to see if the Gators have enough players who haven’t been suspended to form a full offense and defense. Temple also travels to Notre Dame, who went 4-8 last year.

8:00 p.m.: Come on, you’re watching FSU-Bama like everyone else. Since I have nothing else to recommend, I’m going to talk about Jimbo Fisher for a second. I’m not as bothered by him shutting it down to the media this week as a lot of people are. Think about how many “journalists” from AL dot com must have been slithering around Tallahassee this week. Would you want to take questions from guys named Buck Beauregarde about whether staying within 20 of the Tide is a moral victory? God no. Jimbo took the prudent course of action.

BONUS SUNDAY AND MONDAY ACTION: Texas A&M-UCLA should go a long way to deciding which coach is the first one to get fired this season. Virginia Tech-West Virginia in Landover is going to be a banger. And nothing would be funnier than watching Butch Jones turn a new shade of purple on Monday night as the Vols get beat by Georgia Tech.